1000-calorie diet for toddlers

Your toddler needs about 1,000 calories a day to meet his needs for growth, energy, and good nutrition.

If you’ve ever been on a 1,000-calorie diet, you know it’s not a lot of food. But your child will do just fine with it, divided among three small meals and two snacks a day.

From: American Academy of Pediatrics

When children stop growing fast

Remember that children aren’t growing as fast as they were during their first year of life and so have lower energy needs.

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Low fat milk and todders

Avoid low fat milk until your toddler is at least two years old.

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Nursing vs drinking milk

The typical toddler will likely get 16-24 ounces of whole cow’s milk each day, although this isn’t necessary if your toddler is still nursing 2-3 times a day.

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finicky eater tip

One of the best ways to ensure that kids are enthusiastic about their meal is have them participate in making it. 

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500 ml per day

One slice of this cheese has about 125 milligram of bone building calcium. Children between 1 to 3 yrs need 500 ml a day while 4 to 8 yrs old need 800 ml a day.

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Diet and sleeping

If you are breastfeeding, then it is also worth considering whether something in your diet could be contributing to poor nighttime sleep.

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Keep food servings small

Wondering how much to offer? Here’s a rule of thumb – or, rather, of hand. A young child’s stomach is approximately the size of his fist.

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Fluoride and tooth enamel

Developing teeth can benefit from a little fluoride. This mineral prevents tooth decay by strengthening tooth enamel and making it more resistant to acids and harmful bacteria.

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Liquids and toddlers

If your toddler is drinking too much milk and/or juice, she may be too full to eat, so follow the typical recommendations of 16-24 ounces of milk and 4-6 ounces of juice.

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Calories and toddlers

Toddlers from one to three years need between 1,000 and 1,300 calories a day, yet they may not eat this amount every day. Aim for a nutritionally-balanced week, not a balanced day.

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Power of broccoli

Broccolis are rich in vitamin A and C and with every bite, your child will get healthier and stronger. Many kids like it raw or lightly steamed. You can use the vegetables in other dishes as well.

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Vitamin D from Eggs

Eggs are packed with protein and vitamin D. They help in building muscles and provide calcium to the body. So an egg a day will complete your kid’s diet requirement.

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Toddler feeding chart

Make sure your toddler is eating correctly with the WebMD Toddler Feeding Chart.

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Foods in first year

There are certain foods that are not recommended for the first year of life, eggs, shellfish, fish, nuts, and peanuts are not recommended.

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Many toddlers do not get adequate calcium, which is found primarily in dairy products. Calcium-fortified juices, tofu, cereals and some green vegetables can also provide calcium.

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Feeding themselves

The best way to prevent feeding problems is to teach your child to feed himself as early as possible, provide them with healthy choices and allow experimentation.

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Diet and health

Your two-year-old’s health is closely tied to how much he eats, what he eats, and how active he is. Obesity and weight-related diseases affect about 20 percent of all children today.

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Youngsters and snacking

Young children need to snack throughout the day in addition to regularly scheduled meals. Keep the snacks small and provide water instead of juice or milk so your preschooler will be hungry at mealtime.

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Calories and toddlers

The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) recommends that children age 1 to 3 years get about 40 calories per inch of height a day. Your 32-inch-tall toddler ideally should eat about 1,300 calories a day.

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